News Releases | 2013

Commission stance threatens discard ban

20-Dec-2013 @ 9:0

In a surprise eleventh hour intervention, Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki has scuppered any chance of a timely deal on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), the third and final key pillar of fisheries reforms in the EU.

Stevenson: Fisheries talks a victory for Eustice

18-Dec-2013 @ 16:0

Conservative MEP Struan Stevenson today hailed a successful outcome for Britain in the latest round of annual negotiations on EU fishing quotas.

Audit deal should restore confidence

17-Dec-2013 @ 14:0

The European Parliament's lead MEP on new legislation to reform the audit sector today hailed a breakthrough in negotiations which should see a deal finalised when representatives of member states meet in Brussels tomorrow (Wednesday).

EU set to introduce draconian overregulation of e-cigarettes

17-Dec-2013 @ 10:0

A provisional deal reached last night between MEPs and national governments on a new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) will take the majority of e-cigarettes off the market.

Provocative' Snowden appearance before European Parliament green-lighted

12-Dec-2013 @ 18:0

The President of the European Parliament has effectively given the green light to a highly controversial appearance by NSA fugitive Edward Snowden before a committee of MEPs.

Ukraine should have fresh elections – or face EU sanctions

12-Dec-2013 @ 13:0

Ukraine's president should dissolve its government, form a new coalition and call a general election in order to give his country afresh start and a better future, a senior MEP told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Tories slam "more power and money" plan for EU

11-Dec-2013 @ 16:0

Conservative MEPs will tomorrow (Thursday) vote against a comprehensive blueprint for handing sweeping new powers to the European Union and giving eurocrats easier access to taxpayers' money.

Financial "plumbing" needs attention – or a burst could wreck everything

11-Dec-2013 @ 14:0

Financial businesses outside the banking sector are potentially just as vulnerable to market stress – and so must be able to demonstrate proper governance and robust risk-management in just the same way.

Tories defeat controversial sex-education report

10-Dec-2013 @ 16:0

Conservative MEPs have helped to defeat an extreme proposal to make sex education compulsory for infants as young as four and to allow Brussels to dictate abortion law to all EU countries including Britain.

Conservatives defeat "foolhardy and catastrophic" trawling ban

10-Dec-2013 @ 16:0

British Conservative MEPs have defeated a move in the European Parliament to impose a blanket ban on all deep sea trawling.

Funding for global accounting body finalised... but with strings attached

04-Dec-2013 @ 15:0

Negotiations on a controversial funding programme for the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) have finally been concluded after months of discussions.

Yanukovich told: The world is watching you

02-Dec-2013 @ 18:0

Charles Tannock, Conservative foreign affairs spokesman in the European Parliament, spoke out today in response to the ongoing anti-Government demonstrations in Kiev.

Commission reports on passenger data and tracking of terror funds

27-Nov-2013 @ 18:0

Today the European Commission adopted an evaluation repor ton the European Union – United States Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP) and a review of the US Passenger Name Record (PNR) Agreement. A Communication was also adopted on proposals for a Europe-wide Terrorist Finance Tracking System (TFTS), concluding that the establishment of such a system is not expected at this stage. The Commission undertook the assessments follow in allegations that the United States might have accessed so-called Swift financial data outside the scope of the TFTP agreement.

The European Arrest Warrant needs serious reform, not Reding's quick fixes

27-Nov-2013 @ 17:0

Plans to give greater rights to suspected criminals,announced today by the European Commission, are meddlesome and fail to address the real problems in Europe's justice system, Timothy Kirkhope MEP,Conservative justice and home affairs spokesman, said.

Press release - Conservative MEPs will work to deliver PM's EU free movement reforms

27-Nov-2013 @ 12:0

As the Prime Minister announces proposals to change access to benefits for EU migrants, Conservative MEPs have formed a working group in Brussels aimed at highlighting the reforms that are needed to address the growing concern across much of Europe about freedom of movement in general.

Back from Iraq, Struan Stevenson MEP says "Maliki’s authoritarian policies are tearing the country apart"

27-Nov-2013 @ 11:0

A Scottish Euro MP has just returned from four days in Iraq, where he visited Syrian refugee camps, and discussed the country’s worsening human rights situation and persecution of minorities with senior political leaders.

Conservatives oppose plan for EU "social police"

25-Nov-2013 @ 11:0

Conservative MEPs have vowed to fight plans to give the European Union a supervisory role over a range of social issues in member states.

Tories fire a rocket at Brussels dreams of a Euro-Army

21-Nov-2013 @ 19:0

Conservatives MEPs today reaffirmed their determined opposition to all moves to accelerate EU defence policy (CSDP), as the European Parliament nevertheless voted through two such reports.

Vote sets seal on funding for UK research

21-Nov-2013 @ 12:0

Conservative MEPs today have helped deliver a keyfunding package which is expected to lead the way for millions of pounds toflow into the UK and support Britain's cutting edge laboratories, researchinstitutions as well as innovative and inventive businesses.

Costly waste of the EU's 'Arms length' agencies

21-Nov-2013 @ 11:0

Many of The European Union's agencies and institutionsare unnecessary talking shops and duplicate work which couldreadily be handled by existing national bodies, Conservative MEPswill warn today.